NORTHERN ZONAL WORKSHOP ON THE REVIEW OF THE IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR GENDER MAINSTREAMING IN WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH) 10-13TH DECEMBER , 2018 AT KINI COUNTRY HOME HOTEL, AKWANGA NASARAWA STATE.
The Gender and Human Rights Unit of FMWR with the support of UNICEF organised this workshop to systematically pursue strategies that will provide focus and direction for Gender Mainstreaming in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
Mrs. Nkechi Ayogu-Eze, the Head of Gender and Human rights Unit in the Ministry said in her opening remark that the workshop is aimed at reviewing the effectiveness of gender mainstreaming strategic document in achieving desire result by assessing the key strength and weaknesses of the document, identify gaps, update the implementation guidelines based on recommendations from the review, and develop an action plan to put the implementation guidelines into practice.
Stakeholders were drawn from both public and private sectors as well as Development Partners and are expected to review the draft document and make recommendations that will lead to an action plan and and Roadmap towards the actualization of the guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming document.
Mr. Peter Nwakpa, Director Special Duties who represented the Permanent Secretary Musa W. Ibrahim Ph.D at the opening ceremony said that “this is a major milestone in the effort of the Ministry to ensure adoption of Gender best practices in water, sanitation and hygiene for inclusive and dynamic development”. He charged all Stakeholders in the WASH sector to actively play a vital role in the development and actualization of a well defined programmes and service delivery mechanism that will be tandem to overall development of SDGs 6.0 and 6.1. He further urged all participants to review the policy extensively and come up with practicable approach and strategy that will ensure proper implementation guidelines for gender mainstreaming in WASH. He said the Ministry is grateful to UNICEF and reinstated the Ministry’s total commitment to the ideals of gender mainstreaming in the water sector.